The most frequent theme in 2007 was the ability of middle relief to suspend disbelief as long as possible.
A piggyback system worked, almost without thinking, to keep opponents off balance offensively instead of cracking the score wide open.
This team's strength will never be to not bleed runs -it will be more akin to stopping the bleeding and subsequently providing ample run support.
For every mistake Wilin might make behind the plate, he really does have to step up when he's at the plate.
Despite all of this, will the pitching rise above it all and be unhittable? The thing that drives me mad season to season to season is we do find diamond in the rough pitching. We just have the 1 or 2 new arms, though, and somehow find any excuse to get rid of proven arms if they have any kind of a bad year. At some point we have to stockpile the Hammels, the Ubaldos, and even try to retain a Marquis or two when he wins 10 games or more. We need to collect these arms, protect these arms, and have them all work together for a full season or two rather than keep passing cards.
Who would I be referring to in this current roster? De La Rosa. He may be struggling, but we know we can win with him so now it's a matter of being patient and not crucifying him if he has an off year.
When the pitching is right, doesn't ANY offense begin celebrating by scoring runs in bunches?
Granted, some arms will outlive their usefulness, but why not discover who our aces are this year and then go acquire as many of the proven arms as we can to compete through a couple of seasons? We know there are 6 starting arms out there in the league that can win 10 games or more. We know of 4-5 relievers that can stockpile saves and hold games. We just never get them all together in the same season.
Money is an issue only if you plan on getting one arm to supposedly anchor the roster for a single year. If the O'Dowdy put together a full plan that included banding together EVERY proven Rockies arm the entire rotation suddenly has a sense that they not only have the fighting chance we have this year, but we might have so many arms in the band that they can finally start throwing hot chin music, together.